CARTERET — Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has joined with the family and friends of Anna Helen Orvetz Sitar on Sunday, Feb. 3, to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Sitar was born on Feb. 4, 1913, and has lived in Carteret since 1931. A Mayoral Proclamation declaring Sunday “Anna Sitar Day” was presented by Mayor Reiman, along with letters and commendations from the Middlesex County Freeholder Board, the N.J. State Assembly, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.
Anna Sitar was born to Meri and George Orvetz in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She married John Sitar of Carteret, the founder of Carteret Shop Rite, on June 20, 1931, and soon after relocated to Carteret. Shop Rite of Carteret remains a family owned and operated business.
John Sitar, her husband of 77 years, died in 2008. He was the Grand Marshall in Carteret’s Centennial parade and celebration in 2006. Carteret Pond at Carteret Park was rededicated in his memory on Nov. 28, 2009.
Anna greatly assisted John in saving money to open his first supermarket, Sitar’s Market on Roosevelt Avenue, and joined him in raising four children, Dolores Faulkner, Bernice Ziemba, Theresa Serluco, and Leonard Sitar, who now serves as C.E.O. of Carteret Shop Rite, Inc.. She is also the grandmother of 10, great grandmother to 19, and great-great grandmother of two.
She has been an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, during her 82 years of Carteret residency.
“Mrs. Sitar has always been a valued member of our community,” Reiman said, “and a valued part of our local history. It has been a great pleasure to commemorate her 100th birthday, and her commitment to her family and our community.”